Success is great, the road to it is just too.. communist..

“Test drove a convertible today. Yep. Winter is coming…. And I don’t care.”

…’So are the Republicans and neither do they!’

Its very difficult & very frustrating to express an contrary opinion which in the face of the celebratory American, who is practicing their inalienable right to express the very essence of what it means to exist in ‘The American Way’ which is not about hard work, its about success, and its about the expression of that success regardless of how self effacing that expression has become.

Its an advertising quip, undefinable in exactitude, it wouldn’t even stand up in court.

I never hear the term ‘The American Way’ expressed in or about times of negativity or extenuating circumstance, except by left-wing pundits who do nothing but further the divide and heighten the panic amongst the weak minded, -who exist on both sides of the political spectrum. I hear it masticated in the manicured mouths of the right as a guide-stone for moral expediency and custodial rhetoric. With neither side having any direction or wholesome fulfillment prospect, and lead us not into salvation but deliver us into mediocrity.

I think in fair…

I think in fairness its very difficult to shoot America (specifically America at this point rather then anywhere else) and shoot an oblique and objective take on it without it looking like all the rest of the photo essays on the place. I say that primarily because the US is so extensively established in media whether that is US generated or otherwise that it is difficult if not impossible to shoot a series of images of the country with impartiality.
I think this piece reflects that, unfortunately. It is very easy to come here and shoot things which specify the extremities of US culture because they are easy to see and seek out and ultimately easy to shoot and will ultimately draw a sensational value. Its a very different thing to come here and shoot it from the inside out and make it look normal, which is something nobody does for their documentary projects, its something that isn’t favored in the current trend of photography rhetoric and academia. So effectively non sensational work is out of fashion.

My Inspiration from Others

Untitled by Jamie Fyson Howard
Untitled, a photo by Jamie Fyson Howard on Flickr.

Im fascinated with youth and I got that from a combination of living in USA where everything is based around the unhealthy obsession of youth and the preservation of it at seemingly any social cost. The age from about 17 to about 30 are interesting times for me to document, because it was a time of great stress and confusion for me and when I look back on it now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can see how others confront their identities and try to fit in to a scene or niche in order to survive the perceived social balance that you think you need to adhere to in order to be accepted.

This particular image attracts me primarily because of the striking nature of light, and then the unveiling of an intricate social anomaly being revealed behind the wall of smoke. This wonderful non verbal communication/interaction which involves the photographer who in turn passes that on to you the viewer and ultimately you are part of the process of non verbal interactivity communication.